Polio: An American Story

David Oshinsky talked about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Polio: An American Story, published by Oxford University Press. In the book Professor… read more

David Oshinsky talked about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Polio: An American Story, published by Oxford University Press. In the book Professor Oshinsky chronicles the history of polio, the viral disease that became an epidemic in the 1950's, and discusses President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s efforts to help find a cure, revolutionizing the way research money was obtained to fight the disease. He also examines the role President Roosevelt played in creating the March of Dimes, a philanthropic organization that played a pivotal role helping with research, rehabilitation, and fundraising in fighting polio. In his talk he described the summer polio epidemics of the 1950s and talked about why polio was epidemic in the U.S. much more than in other countries, President Roosevelt and the March of Dimes, and the development of polio vaccines. After his presentation he answered audience members' questions.

Sponsored by the Second Story Book Shop and Commerce Bank, the event was held in the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua. close

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Polio: An American Story

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Program ID:
193162-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Chappaqua, New York, United States
First Aired:
Jul 09, 2006 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Dec 27, 2015 | 7:59am EST | C-SPAN 3

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  • Jul 09, 2006 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 10, 2006 | 4:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 16, 2006 | 12:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 08, 2008 | 11:28pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 09, 2008 | 5:27am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 19, 2015 | 4:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 20, 2015 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 27, 2015 | 7:59am EST | C-SPAN 3
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